DC Entertainment has entered a new era expanding their universe into several different television series on network television. As a huge fan of DC Comics, I’m excited to see some of my favorite characters and story lines depicted weekly on the small screen. Let’s recap and discuss what happened last week for DC on TV. Forgive me for skipping The Flash, but other than Cisco vibing with a vision of Hawkgirl, it wasn’t all that exciting (Grodd wanted company and Barry needed words from his dad to get his confidence back).
I feel like Supergirl is trying too hard to be a feminist superhero show. I feel bad saying this, because it’s great that it is making the points it is making, but I also feel like it’s beating us on the head with those points. But maybe that’s how it should be? Is it sad that we have a television show voicing the problem with media “going after a young girl, insulting her body, how she dresses, her sexuality….”?
That line from Cat to Leslie, a radio DJ, is what really gets this episode going. When Cat demotes said radio DJ, her first outing on weather ends up with her being electrocuted via lightning through Kara and thereby creating Livewire. Oddly enough, Cat tells Kara that Supergirl shouldn’t feel guilty, if anyone should it’s Cat.
Meanwhile, you’ve also got some interesting family dynamics playing out among Kara’s adoptive family. At their turkey dinner, Alex is drinking a lot (she did have the fight with her mom – her mom blames her for Kara being a superhero). And eventually we learn that Hank Henshaw made an appearance at the Danvers when Kara was still very new to earth. He wanted to take Kara. In order to save her, Jeremiah Danvers agreed to share all his research (information on Superman) with Henshaw and the DEO and he died working for Henshaw. That should prove interesting information in the coming episodes.
“A Bitter Pill to Swallow”
Any Doctor Who fans watching Gotham? Michelle Gomez (aka Missy from Doctor Who) makes a delicious appearance on Gotham this week as the purveyor of hired assassins. Tabitha goes to her to have Jim Gordon killed (because she’s upset about Barbara, according to the jailed Galavan). Unfortunately for her, Gordon is really hard to kill. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an awful lot of determined, violent individuals. Eduardo Flamingo is really freaking creepy though. Gotham has gotten super dark and gory. This episode was particularly hard to watch (legs in a fire, dead bodies everywhere, and Flamingo eats people).
In the midst of all this, there’s a great moment where we learn more about Captain Barnes and why he is so hung up on the law.
“I’m just a man. At the right moment, a man might do anything, any man. There is no line. There’s just the law. That’s what separates us from the animals. There is no line.”
Jim doesn’t cross the line with Eduardo. And sadly, it costs the life of a young cop.
This episode also puts Edward Nygma and Penguin (Mr. Penguin to Ed) together. Nygma took Penguin back to his apartment to clean his wounds and get him healed. Nygma is hoping Penguin can provide guidance on his new murderous path. But Penguin says he’s done, that he needs to rest and then he’s leaving Gotham. Yet, Nygma manages to empower Penguin and free him from the grief over his mother. Who wants to see where Penguin goes next? This was a brilliant story putting the two most compelling characters together. I hope we get to see more of them together.
Why is it not surprising that Ravi is a fan of magic? And he gets really excited when Liv is on magic brain. Unfortunately, the magic brain also comes with a side of macabre which freaks Major out. Blaine, on the other hand, is quite entertained when he walks into the morgue and finds Liv with candles around the body of the dead magician playing with tarot cards. He entertainingly remarks:
“Did you eat Edgar Allen Poe?”
Blaine has come to Liv because he’s aware the FBI is looking into the missing people (and Blaine knows they are all zombies). Clearly, their newly formed team is going to create some eventual problems with Clive and hiss new love interest (the FBI Agent).
What would you do if you violently beat a man in front of someone on a first date? Poor Thea is dealing with a returning bloodlust. Malcolm suspected as much and offered her the address of a pedophile who has not been convicted, suggesting without saying so that she should kill him to appease her bloodlust. Thea is a pretty impressive woman. She refuses to give in. But an interesting thing happens when she comes face to face with Damien Darhk on a mission. And I’m not talking about him referring to her as Merida (which was pretty entertaining). He tries to uses his power on her and it backfires, actually sating her bloodlust in the process. That’s certainly an interesting development, don’t you think?
This episode also had the team at odds with Diggle over his brother, who is alive and ghosting for Darhk. Diggle doesn’t have any faith in his brother as a good man, based on the file that Lance delivered from Darhk (remember the one that said Hive had Andy killed because his criminal operations conflicted with theirs?). Oliver tells Diggle that Andy deserves the benefit of the doubt. And everyone on the team agrees. After some very impressive fight scenes (choreography and cinematography game seems to have been upped), the team does extract Andy from Darhk’s crew.
The fight for the city just got more interesting too. It’s not going to be fought entirely in the shadows thanks to Oliver’s run for mayor and “hippie dippie” plan to restore the bay. Anyone else catch Damien’s nostril flare when Oliver essentially challenged him to fight for the city in the light of day?
How was DCTV for you this week? What are you looking forward to in the coming episodes? Favorite parts from this week? Next week we’ve only got new episodes from Gotham and Supergirl. And in two weeks, we get an Arrow and Flash crossover. Are you looking forward to that like I am?